Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC v. Softlayer Technologies, Inc. et al

Filing 290

REPLY to Response to Motion re 271 SEALED PATENT MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS FROM MYSPACE filed by Bedrock Computer Technologies, LLC. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Austin Curry, # 2 Exhibit A.1)(Cawley, Douglas)

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC, Plaintiff, v. SOFTLAYER TECHNOLOGIES, INC., et al. Defendants. CASE NO. 6:09-cv-269-LED Jury Trial Demanded BEDROCK'S REPLY IN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION TO COMPEL PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS FROM MYSPACE Dallas 309179v1 I. ARGUMENT IN REPLY When Bedrock filed its motion to compel documents from MySpace, MySpace had produced just 10 documents. MySpace, in its response brief (Dkt. No. 281), does not attempt to justify the adequacy of its document production and instead: (i) denigrates the size of the code within Linux accused of carrying out the claims of the patent-in-suit (Res. at 1-2, 9, and 12); (ii) argues, via a declaration of a MySpace employee, that it is not susceptible to a denial of service attack (Res. at 4-8); (iii) declares that Bedrock has not met a burden--a burden that is set by MySpace--to receive discovery (Res. at 6-7, 9-14). These arguments are mostly irrelevant. MySpace will have ample opportunity to attempt to minimize the importance of its infringement as well as its alleged noninfringing countermeasures for denial of service attacks. The issue before the Court in this motion is not about the merits of the respective parties' cases; rather, the issues are discovery and procedure. Discoverability. As an initial matter, MySpace should be given no credit for producing documents after its refusal to produce documents forced Bedrock to file a motion to compel. To allow a party to avoid a motion to compel by such a contrivance would defeat a key purpose of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules, which is to promote voluntary discovery without the need for motions practice. In any event, MySpace still has not discharged its discovery obligations. MySpace's brief, itself, demonstrates this in two ways. First, MySpace admits that it is "in the process of producing" more documents even though this case has been ongoing for over a year and the -1Dallas 309179v1 deadline for document production expired over two months ago. See Res. at 1. Second, MySpace's brief relies on the declaration of one of its employees, Ilya Kravchenko, to make factual allegations about MySpace's use of Linux, MySpace's server architecture, and MySpace's alleged noninfringing alternatives. See Res. at 2-3. If MySpace had produced all relevant documents, then it could have used and cited to those documents to make the same points. Bedrock should be enabled to test the accuracy and completeness of Ms. Kravchenko's declared facts, but without a complete production from MySpace, this is unlikely. MySpace cannot say that it has met its discovery obligations. Instead, MySpace can only say that its document production investigation is ongoing. But this gives Bedrock no indication as to when MySpace will make a complete document production or whether that supplemental production will be complete. Without an order from the Court overruling MySpace's objections and requiring MySpace to produce the documents that Bedrock has asked for (as well as everything relevant to this case), there is simply no indication that MySpace would ever definitively discharge its discovery obligations. Procedure. The second issue before the Court is procedure. MySpace attempts to justify its document production by placing blame on Bedrock--particularly, by arguing that Bedrock has not come forth with a sufficient damages and infringement theories that would trigger MySpace's obligation to produce documents. See Res. at 9-14. Most of MySpace's briefing on this point simply repeats Google's and Match.com's briefing, which is why Bedrock has asked the Court for a case management conference on the scope of discoverability in the District. See Dkt. No. 288. These arguments are unavailing for the same reasons set out in Bedrock's prior briefing against Google and Match.com. See Dkt. No. 264 at 2-4. -2Dallas 309179v1 Bedrock further notes that the framework that MySpace advocates is procedurally unworkable. Particularly, MySpace seems to read the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules to require that Bedrock must convince MySpace--to MySpace's satisfaction--that the discovery that it is seeking is relevant. This proposed procedural framework is not only contrary to Rule 33, Rule 26, and Local Rule CV-26(d); it is also ill-advised. First, this proposed framework would encourage discovery disputes between future litigants. It would be entirely too easy for a defendant to refuse discovery based on fabricated, perpetual dissatisfaction with the plaintiff's damages theory. Take, for example, MySpace's refusal to produce discovery related to denial of service attacks. During the meet and confers leading to this motion, MySpace's counsel continually expressed disbelief and dissatisfaction with the level of detail that Bedrock was disclosing regarding denial of service attacks, and it became clear that MySpace's counsel would never be satisfied. Also, MySpace has seemingly done little to investigate the merits of Bedrock's assertion that denial of service attacks are highly relevant to Linux's implementation of the patent-in-suit. Indeed, it was only after Bedrock filed it motion to compel that MySpace served its first set of interrogatories. In contrast, Defendant Yahoo propounded an interrogatory asking about the connection between the patent-in-suit, Linux, and denial of service attacks. On September 2nd, Bedrock gave a very detailed response, which is attached as Exhibit A.1 at 7-10. Bedrock has since served a copy of these responses to MySpace. MySpace's view of Rule 26 and LR-CV 26 would seem to require Bedrock to set forth its response to Yahoo's fifth interrogatory before MySpace had any obligation to produce discovery on denial of service attacks. Similarly, MySpace wants Bedrock to come forth with a damages theory that MySpace finds acceptable, and until then, MySpace will not give Bedrock the -3Dallas 309179v1 damages-related discovery it needs. Contrary to MySpace's proposed procedural framework, Bedrock should not be forced to convince the Defendants that its infringement and damages theories are viable--or unassailable, or do not offend Lucent, or preemptively takes into account alleged noninfringing alternatives--before it can receive the discovery it seeks in this case. II. CONCLUSION Because MySpace's document production was deficient at the outset of this motion and remains deficient, Bedrock respectfully requests the Court to grant its motion. -4Dallas 309179v1 DATED: September 17, 2010 Respectfully submitted, McKOOL SMITH, P.C. /s/ Douglas A. Cawley Sam F. Baxter Texas Bar No. 01938000 McKOOL SMITH, P.C. sbaxter@mckoolsmith.com 104 E. Houston Street, Suite 300 P.O. Box 0 Marshall, Texas 75670 Telephone: (903) 923-9000 Facsimile: (903) 923-9099 Douglas A. Cawley, Lead Attorney Texas Bar No. 04035500 dcawley@mckoolsmith.com Theodore Stevenson, III Texas Bar No. 19196650 tstevenson@mckoolsmith.com Jason D. Cassady Texas Bar No. 24045625 jcassady@mckoolsmith.com J. Austin Curry Texas Bar No. 24059636 acurry@mckoolsmith.com McKOOL SMITH, P.C. 300 Crescent Court, Suite 1500 Dallas, Texas 75201 Telephone: 214-978-4000 Facsimile: 214-978-4044 Robert M. Parker Texas Bar No. 15498000 Robert Christopher Bunt Texas Bar No. 00787165 PARKER, BUNT & AINSWORTH, P.C. 100 E. Ferguson, Suite 1114 Tyler, Texas 75702 Telephone: 903-531-3535 Facsimile: 903-533-9687 E-mail: rmparker@pbatyler.com E-mail: rcbunt@pbatyler.com ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF BEDROCK COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES LLC Dallas 309179v1 CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE I hereby certify that all counsel of record who are deemed to have consented to electronic service are being served with a copy of the forgoing document via the Court's CM/ECF system pursuant to the Court's Local Rules this 17th day of September, 2010. /s/ J. Austin Curry J. Austin Curry Dallas 309179v1